The Indiana chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots network, released the following statement after three people were killed and two others were wounded last night in a shooting at Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood Indiana. Details are still developing.
“Our hearts break for the Greenwood community and all of those taken or wounded in this tragic shooting,” said Cathy Weinmann, a volunteer with the Indiana chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We should not have to live in fear that gunfire can ring out while shopping at the mall and that our only answer is to live in a society where we shop with guns at the ready. We need to prevent gun violence before it happens and our lawmakers must step up and take action that protects our communities from gun violence.”
In an average year, 1,021 people die and 1,512 people are wounded by guns in Indiana. The rate of gun deaths has increased 78% from 2011 to 2020 in Indiana, compared to a 33% increase nationwide. Gun violence costs Indiana $13.2 billion each year, of which $293.1 million is paid by taxpayers. Learn more about gun violence in Indiana here.